IPID in 'catastrophic state'

Parliamentarians questioned the state of IPID and blamed management for its deteriorating state.

Parliamentarians questioned the state of IPID and blamed its management for the deteriorating state.

CAPE TOWN - A member of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police on Tuesday condemned the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), saying it is in a "catastrophic state".

Earlier, IPID officials met with the committee to discuss its annual report.

While the directorate received an unqualified audit, portfolio members still found reasons to criticise the directorate.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard was at a loss for words as she lamented the state of the organisation.

"You basically have admitted to catastrophic management. How could you allow it to get to this state?"

IPID's Kokie Mbeki acknowledged that things are far from perfect.

"We had programme managers who could not account for their budgets."

The committee chair said the body is failing the public, but added at least it realises there are problems.

The directorate is tasked with keeping the South African Police Service (SAPS) in line and investigating wrongdoings committed by officers.